Tuesday, 18 October 2016

An old friend has returned!

I was very pleased to see the return of this adult drake GREATER SCAUP this afternoon on STARTOP'S END RESERVOIR, the bird showing very well not far offshore in the NW corner. I am assuming it is the same drake that afforded us the pleasure of his presence last winter, departing with the Tufted Ducks in late May. I was very pleased to get these shots of him in this afternoon's sunshine. However, the cool NW winds ensured that there was little else about, Startop's producing just 4 Mute Swans, an increase of Great Crested Grebes to 8, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Gadwall, 8 Eurasian Wigeon, 33 Tufted Duck, 18 Northern Pochard & Grey Wagtail, with 44 Shovelers still present on MARSWORTH.
Little to add from WILSTONE, other than 3 of the JACK SNIPE, 2 Common Snipes and a long-staying Common Sandpiper.


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